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Essential Workers In Dallas Getting COVID-19 Shots

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Steve Pickett spoke to supermarket employees who got the vaccine at work.

Video Transcript

- The "all adults eligible" status also opened the door for essential workers, as we know, who were not designated for a priority vaccine shot. That does include thousands of grocery store employees. Our Steve Pickett tells us how some of those workers in Dallas will now get access to the shots.

STEVE PICKETT: Their neighborhood grocery store didn't shut down, and supermarket employees were deemed essential workers in the midst of a pandemic. Now, three months into the nation's COVID-19 vaccination effort, Kroger grocery store clerk, Laura Daniels, received a vaccine shot at her workplace. It comes seven months after becoming seriously ill with the virus.

LAURA DANIELS: I'm definitely glad to be getting it done.

STEVE PICKETT: You had COVID when?

LAURA DANIELS: I had at the end of July. I had COVID. I was in ICU for three days, and then I was in the hospital for two weeks.

STEVE PICKETT: Daniels, along with 2,300 other workers with Kroger, Albertsons, Tom Thumb, and Target, are now getting COVID-19 vaccines at work in Dallas County, inside their stores, all this week. Dallas County and Parkland partnered to place vaccine doses with store pharmacists, specifically for supermarket workers.

GARY HUDDLESTON: Our employees in the grocery business and in the mass merchandising business have gone through a lot this year, from the pandemic to the winter storm, and other areas that they've had to deal with. So we're just so grateful that our employees are being vaccinated.

STEVE PICKETT: For this particular workforce, Dallas County says they have 7,000 shots for them. But in total for Dallas County, they believe, by the end of the week, 250,000 shots delivered to citizens here. A quarter of a million people vaccinated since December.

Ms. Laura, how do you feel?

LAURA DANIELS: I feel pretty good. I'm glad I've done it.

STEVE PICKETT: Laura Daniels and fellow retail and grocery workers have waited for their turn. Now, the vaccine is actually coming to them directly. In Dallas, Steve Pickett, CBS 11 News.